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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Libraries: 'Thanks for the NIH policy -- no rule-making please'

On February 12, eight library associations (AALL, ALA, AAHSL, ACRL, ARL, GWLA, SPARC, SLA) sent a letter of thanks for the NIH public access policy to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee for health & human services, and Rep. David Obey (D-WI), chairman of the House Appropriations committee. On Feb. 14, the organizations sent the letter with some changes to Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt. Excerpt from the latter:

... We understand that a special interest group of publishers has requested that a rule-making procedure be initiated, which would further delay taxpayers’ access to the results of our collective $29 billion investment in this important research. We wish to strongly reiterate that the Alliance and its members enthusiastically support the immediate implementation of the NIH Public Access Policy (NOT-OD-08-033) policy ...

Special interests must not be allowed to further stall NIH public access. ... Any delay will only hold back scientific advancement and impede the public's access to high-quality health information. The April 7, 2008 implementation date announced by NIH must not be held up. ...